If you are going to sell your house soon, you are surely interested in increasing your home value. However, you don't want to invest a lot of money in a massive remodeling project because you will probably not get your money back when you sell. Focus on inexpensive home improvements that make your house appear well cared for and up to date. The following are some ways to increase home value without spending a lot of money.
You can increase home value by sprucing up your yard. Trim your trees and bushes so that they frame your house instead of blocking it. Kill the weeds in your lawn and plant grass seed to fill in any bare spots. Plant colorful flowers in your planting beds, especially by your front door. If you have bare spots underneath trees where grass won't grow, add some shade tolerant plants like hostas. Use potted plants or shaped trees by your front door to draw the eye.
Clean the exterior of your house to remove all of the dirt and grime that have built up over the years. If you use a pressure washer, be careful not to damage your house. Clean off cobwebs and caulk any gaps; pay particular attention to your entryway. Apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door and shutters.
If your wall are looking dingy, scrub them with soapy water. You can remove stubborn scuff marks with a magic eraser. After cleaning, you may find that you don't need to paint your walls after all. If you do need to repaint, choose a neutral color that will appeal to many people. You should also consider removing any wallpaper and repainting over bold colored walls to increase your home value. Some people don't like this type of look and will think about how much it will cost to change it instead of focusing on how wonderful your house is.
Replace your old, outdated light fixtures with new ones to increase home value. New light fixtures are fairly inexpensive and can dramatically improve the appearance of your home. Most light fixtures can easily be installed by the average home owner. Turn off the electricity to the room at the breaker box and follow the instructions included with the light fixture to install it.
You can increase home value by cleaning or updating your floors. Scrub linoleum and use a magic eraser to remove the dirt from the scratches so that they all but disappear. Treat the stains and steam clean your carpets with a carpet brightening shampoo to make them look newer. Scrub the grout or apply new grout to your tile floors. Clean your wood floors using an appropriate product and remove any dust or build up between the floor boards. If your floors are very old or worn, you could consider replacing them. You can easily replace the flooring in small bathrooms or kitchens with a linoleum remnant yourself. Linoleum remnants are often a fraction of the regular price. For larger floors, you could lay down new tile yourself. Your goal is to increase home value without spending a lot of money, so choose basic, neutral colored flooring instead of premium flooring.
Clean the wood cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms to make them shine. If your cabinets are old, consider painting them to make them look fresh. If your countertops are worn or stained, you can increase your home value by replacing them. Laminate countertops are not hard to install yourself and can make a big difference in how your kitchen and bathrooms look.
Look around your home for other cheap home improvement projects that will increase your home value. The value of your home is only as high as other people perceive it to be, so look for ways to make your home seem more attractive and desirable. When you see something in your home that looks worn or outdated, try cleaning or painting it first. If you still don't have the results you want, consider replacing it. Be careful not to put too much money into your home improvements because the increase in home value may not be enough to offset your costs.